Prosperity

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

One can read of Hezekiah and his utter turnaround of the nation from ruin to riches and try to duplicate it for themselves. Many will leave out the most important part. He sought the Lord his God first and foremost.

For king Hezekiah, he desired to please God with all he did. Not just for himself, but for the whole of Israel. As a young king, he started by cleansing the temple for worship and then instituted the sacrifices to be brought. From there, he began to cleanse the land of false idols, and the worship of false gods.

When we begin to have success and thank God for it, He prospers and provides for us. The danger is in being prideful; thinking it was by our own had that we have gotten this or that.

2 Chronicles 32:24-25 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.”

God desires to be first in our lives.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Our enemy, Satan, knows the tie between our hearts and money. He uses it to misguide us and mislead us. But for the saved, child of God, the way of prosperity is not as the world would think it to be. Those things in which we prosper are far different than one would think.

Take power, for instance.

The saved, child of God has the power source living inside of them. The Holy Spirit is our tie to the All-powerful One. When I allow Him to work through me, I can do those things I could never do in my own strength.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

The goal of having that kind of power is to use it to glorify God. My heart must be clean and clear of all pride and selfishness.

Rockefeller was not alone in his desire to give back that which he had earned. Many a Christian businessman has set out to out give God by giving back more and more of what they earned. J.C. Penney, The Quaker Oats Company, Chick-fi-la, Mary Kay, Hobby Lobby, and many more companies have prospered using foundational, biblical principles and giving much of their profits to serve God.

God has promised to supply all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

It is when I begin think that my wants are needs that I cross the line into covetousness and greed. I may want a new car, but if I haven’t been a good steward of the one God gave me, why would I be allowed to get a new one?

Paul’s example of a heartfelt desire to serve God better brought him to ask for a hindrance to be removed.

2 Corinthians 12:7-8 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”

An unhindered path to do more for God. Seems like a good request. Yet, God had other plans.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Paul prospered by allowing God to make him weak so that through his dependence on God, God showed Himself strong. He knew that what ever state he found himself; whether it was in riches or poverty, he would glorify God.

Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

Finally, we find this principle:

“Seek to glorify God and He will prosper you.”

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